When it comes to shortcakes I usually am a traditional strawberry girl, but after seeing these with Meyer lemon zest in the shortcake itself and topped with Meyer lemon curd I couldn’t resist. After all, I love nearly all fruit so I have to pass on the strawberries from time to time.
The verdict? You really need to make these. Use regular lemons if you have to and just add a little more sugar, because these shortcakes were so good I could’ve eaten them without being topped by anything. Meyer lemon biscuit cookie anyone?
One year ago: Spinach Artichoke Pasta
Welcome to day #3 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Christmas Cakes and Cupcakes”. Check out all the special treats today:
- Christmas Coconut Cake by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic
- Cranberry Coffee Cake by Jen of Juanita’s Cocina
- Holly Topped White Cupcakes by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Eggnog Pound Cake with Rum Glaze by Anuradha of Baker Street
- Christmas in the Tropics Cake by Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
- Cranberry-Walnut Coffecake by Isabelle of Crumb
- Pumpkin Dream Cake by Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
- Christmas Red Velvet Mug Cake by Erin of The Spiffy Cookie
- Reindeer Cupcakes by Ramona of Curry and Comfort
- Whiskey Nut Fruitcake by Heather of Girlichef
- Tres Leches Cake by Cathy of The Dutch Baker’s Daughter
- Monkey Bread Cupcakes by Chung-Ah of Damn Delicious
The amount of baking that occurs during the month of December can become quite ridiculous. With all the cookies, bars, and candy being made, sometimes it’s nice to whip something up that serves just one or two people. And that doesn’t mean that is has to be something boring or plain either. Go ahead and make yourself a red velvet mug cake with green cream cheese frosting! Don’t forget the sprinkles.
This recipe can serve one in an over-sized mug or two by using smaller mugs or ramekins. I decided to ration my red velvet into two portions – one now and one later. And by later I mean a few hours later. That still counts as portion control, right? Therefore I can still rationalize eating a couple of those extra cookies lying around ;-).
Tonight is the Big Ten Championship game. You know, that game we should be dominating in after an amazing 12 and 0 (H!) season? But unfortunately sanctions were taken this year instead of last year (our terrible 6-7 season), so we cannot participate. And since Penn State cannot either due to their own more severe wrong-doings, the 3rd best team in our division, Michigan State, is playing instead against Nebraska (the winner of the Legends division). However, even though we are not playing I can pretend we are by making one last peanut butter and chocolate recipe this fine Saturday.
I know I said last Saturday was the final “Peanut Butter & Chocolate Saturday”, but I highly doubt anyone is going to be upset with one more recipe. Especially when it is also gluten-free friendly! Plus, this recipe is dangerously easy to make and the end result is fantastic. After one bite you will agree, the words “gooey” and “peanut butter” belong together just as much as “chocolate” and “peanut butter”.
After last week’s win against Penn State in the affectionately named “Ineligibowl“, I am feeling quite good about this season. You would think I’d have that sense already by being 9-0 but to me winning isn’t everything, it also matters how well we win. After barely beating Purdue the week before in overtime I wasn’t feeling all that great about it. Hopefully today’s game versus Illinois won’t produce a headache. If we can get through the next two games (Bye week next weekend, followed by Wisconsin), then it’s on to that state up north, M*chigan. Pardon my use of a bad word (although I understand that only OSU fans will really understand why it is a bad word).
My body is still recovering from my accident-prone-ness at last weekend’s tailgating (sliced open my finger on a beer can, and pulled a tendon in my foot), so for today’s game I went with a much more low-key treat. I made a single serving cake that is magically baked in the microwave for a minute! Do you realize how dangerous this mug cake phenomenon just became in my hands? I have seen various versions of mug cakes floating about the internet but didn’t cave until I found this one with a peanut butter mousse on top. It takes a little more effort because of that addition, but it is beyond worth the extra 2 minutes of time it takes to prepare.
If you thought the s’mores lava cakes I made earlier this year were something to drool over, wait until you see these – peanut butter stuffed!
These lava cakes have been a staple sinful dessert in my life for several years now, and I have yet to not eat the entire cake by myself. Hence why I state that this dessert could serve 8 people if they are able to resist the glory of what sits on a plate in front of them. But to me, placing two spoons by one of these cakes just means I have a spoon for each hand.
They look so innocent at first. Until you cut into one and it’s true self is revealed. Hello lover!
Oh and of course… GO BUCKS!!! Even though we cannot be BCS ranked this year it doesn’t mean we cannot keep trucking along with a great season – today’s battle is against Purdue, which is my dad’s alma mater. Family feud anyone?
Boxed cake mix comes in handy for more things than just making cupcakes for a last minute party. Cake mix can also be used as the base of bars (such as the ones I posted yesterday), as an ingredient in pies, frosting, ice cream, and most popularly on my blog in different kinds of cake batter dips.
To use this homemade mix, I measured out 18.25 oz (about 2-1/2 cups) to use in place of a box of yellow cake mix indicated in yesterday’s bar recipe. And it worked great! Although I haven’t tried making an actual cake with it yet, at least I know it can work for recipes that call for it as one of their ingredients. I constantly have half-used boxes of cake mix from the creations that pop up in my kitchen.
This would likely also work to make gluten-free cake mixes since I know they make gluten-free all-purpose flour and cake flour. Just be sure to add some xanthan gum. To take it a step further, if you could find a lactose-free nonfat dry milk powder you could even make a lactose-free cake mix (using margarine instead of butter of course).
I hope everyone is having a great Labor Day weekend! I’m having a fun time catching up with my now 5 month old nephew in Boston and rejoicing in the start of college football season. I am a little traveling gnome, because I was only home 12 hours before being whisked away again. When I get back I’ll only be home about 3 days before heading out once more for a wedding in Nashville, and then a conference in San Francisco. Wee!
Today marks another 2nd of the month which means another Culinary.net post! Check out this easy root beer brownies I made for you HERE.
ROOT BEER CAKE BROWNIES
One year ago: Biscoff Cheesecake Ice Cream
It’s very exciting to have Carla from Chocolate Moosey guest posting for me today! She is an awesome person as a whole, and one part involves fabulous recipe creations. I have had her Funfetti Cheesecake on my to-do list for far too long, but with other recipes of hers such as Cheesecake-Stuffed Peaches and Strawberry S’mores Tart it’s hard to keep up. And now today she is sharing a combination of flavors that is close to both of our hearts. If you don’t know what I am talking about, you obviously don’t pay much attention ;-).
One year ago: Feta Stuffed Pesto Turkey Burgers
Thank you, Erin, for asking me to guest post! For those of you not familiar with my blog, I’m a self-taught home baker with a from-scratch philosophy. I’ve been following The Spiffy Cookie for quite some time. In fact, the first time I came across this blog, Erin had a link to a Pinterest board dedicated to chocolate and peanut butter. I knew we would be great friends after that! Then last week, she did a chocolate and peanut butter round-up. How could I not bake Erin something with that perfect combination? And what better way to celebrate such a winning combination than with Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Texas Sheet Cake!
Most of you probably recognize a sheet cake from most potlucks and get-togethers. It is a single-layer rectangular cake (usually 13×9) that is baked and served directly from the pan. Because it is served straight from the pan, you only need to frost the top, It also makes the perfect traveling companion and can be baked at a moment’s notice. Most companies now make pans with travel lids, so you don’t even have to fuss with foil or plastic wrap (I hate plastic wrap – so annoying).
So what makes it a Texas sheet cake? Nobody really knows if this cake truly came from Texas. Some sources say it’s really named after Texas’ friendly hospitality since this cake is meant to be shared. I know most Texas sheet cakes I ate growing up had a coconut-pecan frosting on top. Why not mimic it after one of my favorites – the peanut butter cup?
This cake stays very moist, even after a few days. I saved a piece for my dad a few days after it was baked, and it was still good. The secret to making this cake moist and chocolatey? Using espresso powder. Coffee adds depth to chocolate. It’s used more as an enhancer rather than as a flavor, so your cake will not taste like coffee. I used espresso powder so I didn’t have to make a pot; however, feel free to use instant coffee or regular liquid coffee. You can leave it out if you must, but you will be missing that extra layer of flavor.
The peanut butter frosting tasted like heaven. I’ve never had such a fluffy peanut butter frosting before! In fact, I didn’t need any cake, just a spoon. The key is to whip it in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment to incorporate all of that air. Of course don’t fret if all you have is a hand mixer. I’ve been using a hand mixer up until this summer. It may not be *as* fluffy, but I promise you won’t be disappointed either!
This Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Texas Sheet Cake is so rich and sinful, you’ll need a glass of milk with it. I hate drinking milk straight-up, so I opt for coffee instead. That also means this cake is perfectly acceptable for breakfast
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water (use coffee if not using powdered coffee)
2 tsp espresso powder or instant coffee
Peanut Butter Frosting:
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 Tbsp milk
1 1/2 cups chopped peanut butter cups
1. For the cake: Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 13×9 pan and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes or until smooth. Dissolve the espresso powder or instant coffee in the boiling water. Stir the coffee into the batter. The batter will be really thin. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (the top of the cake will be sticky to the touch). Cool cake completely.
3. For the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment (you can use a hand mixer instead), beat together on medium-high speed the sugar, butter, and salt until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Add peanut butter and milk. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy, another 2-3 minutes. Spread on top of the cooled cake. Sprinkle peanut butter cups on top.
Sources: Cake adapted from Hershey’s Make It Chocolate; Frosting adapted from 125 Best Cupcake Recipes
Did anyone else see the new Batman movie this weekend? Didn’t you love it?? Also, the movie theater I went to super pumped up their security for the movie. Can’t say I blame them. It’s really unbelievable sometimes that people like that exist in this world.
GERMAN CHOCOLATE S’MORES GOOEY CAKE BARS
Source: Adapted from Picky Palate.